TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 17, 2013

TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the live edition had ended, TNA taped their show for next week. Here is what happened for next week’s edition of Impact Wrestling.

- The show opened with AJ Styles saying that Bully Ray can’t keep him down. It was hard to hear what he was saying, the audio was poor.

- Robbie E defeated Christopher Daniels, Hernandez and Eric Young in a fatal four way after Robbie E pinned Daniels.

- TNA President Dixie Carter President said that there would be a World title match contract signing tonight. Bully Ray came out and said that for 50K, he’d ride the Dixie train all night. Magnus comes out and challenges Dixie’s change of heart and challenges Ray to a match tonight. Bully says that Magnus is nothing but disappointing and Magnus knocked him down.

- Samoa Joe defeated Chris Sabin via submission. After the match, Austin Aries attacked Joe, and then Jeff Hardy hit the ring and attacked Aries. Hardy brought out a ladder, but was stopped by Sabin. Manik ran out and attacked Sabin and AA off a ladder.

- AJ Styles cut a promo about becoming the new Champion. Aces & 8′s hit the ring to attack AJ, but Gunner and James Storm made the save.

- Gunner defeated Knux via pinfall.

- Kurt Angle cut a promo. E.G.O. came out and Bobby Roode said that he used to idolize Angle, but Angle ruined his Hall of Fame moment. E.G.O. then attacked Angle and left him laying.

- TNA World Champion Bully Ray defeated Magnus. Bully was about to use a chain when Sting came out. Sting grabbed his hand and held it so the referee could see it, but as the ref was distracted, Bully low-blow kicked Magnus and got the win. Magnus and Sting argued after the match.

- A contract signing between Bully Ray and AJ Styles. They argued for a bit before signing the contracts. Bully then attacked AJ, and both men started to brawl. AJ then cut a promo on Dixie and said that he was giving her a gift from everyone, and proceeded to pull his middle finger out of his pocket.

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Christopher Daniels Talks Walter White, Appletinis and Bound for Glory

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One half of Bad Influence Christopher Daniels discusses the TNA Bound for Glory PPV on October 20, the EGO Hall of Fame, Walter White, his long tenure with the promotion, rumors surrounding the company and how he deals with that talk, AJ Styles possibly leaving the company, reality in wrestling, taking the show on the road, if they could even return to Orlando or be someplace else on a regular basis, teaming with Kazarian for nearly two years, where he gets his inspiration and more.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 3

TNA Impact Wrestling took place last night from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. The live edition aired last night on Spike TV. After the live show concluded, TNA taped another edition of Impact Wrestling that will air next Thursday on Spike TV starting at 9 PM ET.

Here are the results from the tapings last night.

- Jeff Hardy and Manik defeated Kenny King and Chris Sabin. Austin Aries was on commentary. Hardy pinned King to win the match for his team. Sabin attacked from behind, but Aries made the save.

- Hardy vs. Aries vs. Sabin vs. Manik in an Ultimate X match was announced for Bound For Glory.

- Velvet Sky was scheduled to face Brooke Tessmacher in a No. 1 contenders match. However, Lei’D Tapa attacked Velvet before the opening bell.

- A.J. Styles hyped his Bound For Glory match against Bully Ray, who interrupted the promo segment. This led to the announcement of Ray vs. Samoa Joe for later in the show.

- Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian defeated Magnus in a gauntlet match. Magnus pinned Daniels and then formed Kazarian to submit. Magnus was attacked from behind by Kazarian, which led to Roode getting the submission win.

- Sting came out and spoke to a frustrated Magnus, who didn’t want to talk. Sting attempted to get Magnus to go to the back, but Magnus refused. They spoke in the ring.

- Samoa Joe beat TNA Champion Bully Ray by DQ. The referee was knocked out during the match. Bully Ray took advantage of the opportunity and used a chain, but Earl Hebner disqualified him. Ray shoved down Hebner and continued to attack Joe. Ray set up Joe for a piledriver on the concrete, but Styles entered through the audience and made the save. Styles escaped security and went back into the crowd to celebrate.

- Dixie Carter came out to get Hulk Hogan’s answer. Carter was really trying to be a heel, but she did not do that good of a job. Hogan quit. Dixie attempted to stop Hogan on the ramp. Carter got on her knees and begged him to stay, Hogan walked away. Dixie flipped out to close the show.

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What Will Be ON TNA Impact Wrestling Tonight?

TNA Impact Wrestling returns tonight as they are live from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can watch the show starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV. Immediately after the live show finishes up, then TNA will tape the show for next week.

Here is what is being advertised for tonight’s Impact Wrestling:

- Chris Sabin vs Manik for the X Division Championship
- Aces and Eights vs Main Event Mafia in a six-man tag team match
- Fallout from Dixie Carter and AJ Styles

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The AJ Styles Dilemma

styles lone wolf winBelieve it or not, AJ Styles is a big deal. He was the first contracted TNA wrestler to land at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He’s a five-time (five-time! five-time! five-time! five-time!) World Heavyweight Champion. And he’s the only wrestler to have held every male championship owned and sanction by TNA during the company’s tenure.

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Between The Ropes Podcast | Eric Gargiulo – August 30, 2013

Brian spends his Friday night talking with Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog as they discuss the current Daniel Bryan storyline, who the best wrestler in the WWE is right now, all of the various possibilities for WrestleMania 30, who could possibly return to the company, the futures of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Sting and AJ Styles in TNA and maybe somewhere else, the wrestling television landscape, Ric Flair and more.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 26, 2013

It’s Monday so Brian and Steve are back to look ahead to WWE Raw tonight.  Plus, they talk about Goldberg and whether or not he could return to WWE for the Hall of Fame and possibly a match at WrestleMania XXX next year, where it looks like WrestleMania could be in 2015 and 2016, Ted DiBiase Jr. leaving the WWE, AJ Styles possibly leaving TNA and if he would be a good fit in the WWE and a big discussion about WWE creative and utilizing the talent roster.

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TNA News: Devon Makes First Statement Since Leaving TNA

Former ECW, WWE and TNA champion Devon is gone from TNA after taking the pinfall last night in the main event of Impact Wrestling. Devon was apart of Aces and Eights facing off with the Main Event Mafia and he got pinned by AJ Styles. The loser of the match as part of the stipulation had to leave TNA.

Devon made first statements on Twitter after taking the pinfall last night.

Devon will be making at least one more appearance for TNA as he is advertised for the Body Slammin’ Breast Cancer 2 event on September 14 in Melbourne, Florida before he leaves the company.

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TNA News: AJ Styles Leaving TNA?

You think of AJ Styles and you think of him being an original member of TNA since the organization started in 2002. Well that run could be coming to an end. PWInsider.com is reporting that Styles’ contract expires next month and TNA has made very little effort to make him an offer.

The former TNA world champion posted this on his official Facebook page early this morning:

Where do fans want AJ Styles to be? TNA? WWE? ROH? Japan? Lots of options. Tough decisions.

Should Styles stay in TNA or take his talents elsewhere?

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Revisiting TNA’s Impact Wrestling: Week 2

Impact Wrestling Spike logoThis is part two of an ongoing series, looking at TNA’s product from a non-fan perspective as it builds towards Destination X. You can check out week one here.

Last week, Impact Wrestling was a disaster of a show. Between Hulkamania running a little too wild, a weak X Division title change, and overbooking in every segment, I had minimal desire to tune back in this week. My final thoughts were, “is this what TNA fans really want?”

No, it’s not. What TNA fans really want are chants, like “T-N-A” or “This-Is-AWE-SOME!” Apparently, they really miss ECW.

But this isn’t ECW. It’s not WWE, it’s not ROH, it’s not NWA. After existing for more than a decade, TNA still can’t quite find an identity. (For example, am I supposed to call the product “Impact Wrestling” or “TNA” or “TNA Wrestling” or what? The re-branding with the term “wrestling” from a few years back still has me confused).

The July 4th edition of Impact Wrestling proved a little more coherent. I’m totally on-board with the Bound for Glory series – this is how you make matches meaningful. While WWE has a TON of matches every week, only a few of them seem important in the bigger picture. What TNA has done with the Bound for Glory series is give their cards a sense of purpose.

Does it always work out? No. The Joseph Parks DQ against Jeff Hardy seemed a little cheap. Also, I’m not digging the way Joseph Parks is still having “flashes” of Abyss. I’m pretty sure he was doing this exact same thing last summer when he had his feud with Bully Ray. Has his character not evolved AT ALL since then? Maybe TNA is just recycling the same storyline.

But the in-ring product overall was solid. A great tag-team match, and killer main event. Was it as awesome as the TNA fans in attendance seemed to think? Maybe. Then again, I’ve heard fans in the Impact Zone give the same ovation to Hulk Hogan in a walker. Chris Sabin and Austin Aries definitely have chemistry in the ring together. But they were simply overshadowed by the 1,540 other people at ringside during their match last night.

I also think I’m pretty much done with the Main Event Mafia. Didn’t these guys originally debut as heels in 2008? The “wrestlers-in-suits” gimmick just makes them look like they take themselves too seriously. Plus, it doesn’t really fit the kind of relatable persona this faction is trying to develop. It would have been like the WCW making the NWO turn into faces… oh, right.

And I’d like to return this emo-AJ Styles look-alike, please. His constant look of constipation is bothersome. I know Taz and Mike Tennay like to say he’s “a loner,” but I think that’s just a nicer way of saying, “he looks like the guy from the 7-eleven security cam footage.”

Destination X is only two weeks away – July 18th, live on PPV Spike TV!

Kurt Angle is Great But Could Have Been Greater

On Sunday night at the TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view, Kurt Angle was introduced as the second inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame.  There’s no doubt that Angle deserves the honor and is,  quite honestly, one of the all-time greatest in-ring performers in the history of professional wrestling.

But I couldn’t help thinking about something when it comes to his career: how much greater would it be if he never left the WWE?

While Angle signed with the WWE in October 1998, he didn’t make his official debut until November 14, 1999 when he defeated Shawn Stasiak at the Survivor Series PPV.  He left the company on August 25, 2006 after working out his release.  So, his time there was roughly 6 years and 9 months, filled with great memories of him having matches against the likes of Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin and even Shane McMahon among many others.

Several weeks after his time with WWE, he signed on with TNA and made his debut on October 9, 2006 when he confronted Samoa Joe in the middle of the ring on Impact.  So, Angle has now been with the company for 6 years and 8 months.

That’s right – Kurt Angle has almost been with TNA for as long as his entire career with WWE.

I still remember being in the Impact Zone at the No Surrender PPV back in 2006 when everyone was waiting for the big announcement TNA was going to make.  This one was sealed up tight with only a handful of people in on what it would be.  (I even knew someone who was in the know and tried every trick I knew all night long to get out of him but he wouldn’t budge.)

Right before the show went off the air, the video played showing that the former WWE World Champion had jumped ship, making him the biggest signing in TNA history at the time.

The building exploded.  The online wrestling community went berserk.

TNA got a bonafide blue chipper even though he was already beaten and battered, going through the grind of the WWE for the past six years and was physically and emotionally beaten down.

Who cares because he was Kurt Angle, one of the biggest stars in all of wrestling at the time as he was leaving the big pond to make a splash in TNA.

How big has that splash been though?  Sure, he’s been a big deal in TNA.  He’s had plenty of very good matches in the company especially with AJ Styles.

But how many great matches can you point out at a moments notice?  How many memorable moments had he truly has with TNA?

Of course, his debut was fantastic, confronting Samoa Joe and giving him a head butt right between the eyes.

And their match at the 2006 Lockdown PPV was incredible with them meshing an amazing mixture of wrestling and MMA moves in a match that some thought may bring about a stylistic  change to wrestling.

In TNA, Angle has been very good but not overly memorable.  And it’s not because he isn’t good because he has been.  Part of that is because the company hasn’t blown up since his arrival or anyone else’s for that matter.

It seems like every week the company does the same rating as it always does or in the same ballpark.  Some shows are fine, some are not but nothing that really sticks out in the long run.

And Angle has been caught up in this.  He’s in TNA and they’re the #2 wrestling company.  There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s just a fact.

But with WWE – the #1 wrestling company in the world – Angle was a big deal.

A really big deal.

He has classic matches like at WrestleMania 21 – a beautiful symphony of wrestling – of WrestleMania 19 where he and Brock Lesnar almost killed themselves in an incredible athletic display.  And there’s others.

Most wrestling fans ever remember the funny Kurt Angle on television and his back and forth with Edge and Christian, Commissioner Mick Foley and even wearing a cowboy hat in conversations with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.  And there are plenty more moments.

Moments that easily come to mind, all from his WWE days.  Mind you, that was at the beginning and peak of his career (which came about very quickly) and was on wrestling biggest stage in the WWE.  So, yes, there is an advantage there.

But with TNA, you don’t have that many specific moments that stand out involving Angle.  Some of that is because it is TNA, a smaller stage than WWE.  Some of that is because Angle – while still very good – has been past his prime and really beaten up.  That’s fair.  You can also make the argument that TNA hasn’t done a good enough job of creating those type of moments for Angle.

Which leads me back to the original question: what if Kurt Angle had never left the WWE?  What if he was just given a break and allowed to freshen the batteries and continue to be a part of the machine?

Like I said, no one disputes how good, even great, Angle has been during his career.  But he would be even greater if he had never left WWE.  There would be more discussion of him being one of the greatest of all-time, a sure-fire WWE Hall of Famer.

He would be on a different level, one of the elite in the pantheon of wrestling greats.

It just wasn’t meant to be.